I wonder if the house will be up for sale soon?
You know what these good old boys f**ked up at? They stole FEDERAL MONEY. The whole city/local/state money -- that's usually ok because they know the right people to get them out of trouble. Or they have political allies who's interest it is to keep them above water so to speak.
They spent years stealing/scamming/freeloading off the local & state dime & since the state/southern good ole' boy system requires a bit of a give and take then they were covered. After all boss hawg Barbour & every other hick was feeding from the same trough & if one of them go down, they all go down.
They all steal & put personal expenses onto the public dime with a nod & a wink. And since everybody in the good old boy system has an incentive to keep the game of musical chairs going nobody says anything.
Federal money of course comes with more audits, accounting rules, etc. So its much harder for good old boys to steal or pilfer the money without somebody looking into it. And I guess this is another case of "the money was just too good they stopped being careful".
They got too greedy, stole from the Feds, & then the Feds came a'knockin wanting their cash back. But of course by now the money's long gone into some black hole spent for parties or booze or trips or boats & there's no way to get the money back.
But since they were so greedy they didn't heed common sense they took a taste from the federal trough, & now they're in trouble. That's the one thing about the feds,@ least as a general rule they're impartial & can't be bought by local crooks.